CHARLESTON – West Virginians can weigh in on the idea of creating a separate, statewide business court.
The state Supreme Court has begun to seek public comment on proposed rules for a statewide business court, and House Speaker Rick Thompson said he’s encouraged to see the idea moving ahead.
“These rules would provide a foundation for a Commercial Litigation Court to facilitate ‘the just and efficient litigation between commercial entities,’” said Thompson, a Democrat from Wayne County.
Thompson, a graduate of Marshall University and West Virginia University’s law school, said that he initially backed the business court concept because “a court system within our circuit courts to handle the sometimes complex issues unique to the business community would make our courts more efficient, the results more predictable and timely, and send the message to companies considering doing business in our state that this is a welcoming environment.”
Thompson first proposed consideration of a business court four years ago.
In 2010, the Legislature adopted House Bill 4352, which allows the state Supreme Court to establish a business court docket within the existing circuit court system, much like the court establishes separate docket systems for the management of criminal cases, civil cases, juvenile cases, abuse and neglect cases and other specialized dockets.
The state Supreme Court’s study committee on the business court concept now has created a set of proposed rules. Those can be found on the high court website, www.courtswv.gov, and anyone interested may leave his or her thoughts.